George Monbiot is criticising Malthus? But but….his entire worldview is based on the idea that Malthus is right, that we just keep on breeding until we run out of everything.
Far from undermining employment, poor relief sustained rural workers during the winter months, ensuring that they remained available for hire when they were needed by farms in the spring and summer. By contrast to the loss of agricultural productivity that Malthus predicted and the commission reported, between 1790 and 1834 wheat production more than doubled.
As Block and Somers point out, the rise in unemployment and extreme poverty in the 1820s and 1830s represented the first great failure of Ricardian, laissez-faire economics.
Fuck all laissez faire about the corn laws, was there? And then we abolished those, getting more laissez faire, and things improved…..